We now have a Baptism banner to decorate our altar during Baptism celebrations and to use each year when we celebrate the Baptism of our Lord (this Sunday).
The dove represents the Holy Spirit. We read in Matthew 3:16, And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him.
Father John dedicates this banner to parishioner Andrea Pugh. Her love for God, our church family, and community, is demonstrated by years of committed effort and enthusiasm.
As a member of St. Mary Anne’s for approximately 38 years, Andrea served our parish in many leadership capacities, such as Jr. and Sr. Warden; Superintendent of Sunday School; and Chair and Treasurer of ECW. She served on almost all church committees, and is also an EfM graduate.
Currently, she is the Parish Treasurer, Altar Guild Directress, and a worship leader. In both the parish offices and at the altar, Fr. John and our parishioners rely on her wise counsel and invaluable assistance.
She has contributed her leadership and administrative gifts to the Diocese too, most recent as both a Treasurer and Board of Director’s member of the Children’s Home Foundation
Andrea, a North East resident since the age of 7, currently resides in Elk Neck with her husband Mike. She is retired from the University of Delaware. She is the mother of three grown children, nine grandchildren and one great grandchild.
The community benefits from her gifts as well. Andrea is a member of the Women’s Civic League of North East. She is currently the Chair of Friends Foundation of the Cecil County Public Library, and past member and Chair of the Cecil County Public Library Trustees. Andrea and her husband Mike both played instrumental roles in the planning and fundraising of the new County library.
Thank you Andrea, for your love and longstanding commitment to our Lord, our church and community.
Karen Schaeffer designed and stitched the fabric banner.